AARP is ramping up pressure on senators to vote against provisions in the House-passed ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill that the influential lobbying group says would hurt older adults.
It's launching another seven-figure television ad buy that will run as long as the Senate healthcare reform debate lasts. It’s targeting six more GOP senators than a previous ad buy in May.
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AARP, which has nearly 38 million members, came out strong in opposition to the House-passed American Health Care Act. It dubbed a provision allowing insurers to charge older adults as much as five times more than younger people an "age tax." ObamaCare restricts this ratio, known as an age rating, to 3-to-1.
Additionally, AARP is concerned about aspects of the bill that it believes “weaken Medicare, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make changes to Medicaid that would put some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk,” according to Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.
The Senate is crafting a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but it has slim margin for error, as Republicans control 52 of the chamber's seats. The legislation will only need a simple majority to pass the Senate under the fast-track budget maneuver the GOP is using to bypass a Democratic filibuster.